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Lysmata boggessi “Peppermint Shrimp”, Captive Bred


You can find wild-caught Peppermint Shrimp rather easily and cheaply; what you can’t always do is get captive-bred Peppermint Shrimp when you’re trying to set up a “zero impact” type reef setup, where you try to take “nothing from the ocean” if at all possible.  Well..look no further, these are captive-bred Lysmata boggessi, the Peppermint Shrimp you know and love, the ones that will plow through your Aiptasia if given the chance.  Captive-bred Peppermint Shrimp are generally sold at smaller sizes than wild-caught shrimp (figure a body length of 1/2″ to 3/4″), so much so that I might suggest initially housing them in a breeder net if you have larger fishes that might make a snack of them! They do carry a premium price tag when compared to wild-caught, but remember, if you’re trying to support captive-breeding efforts, this is what the shrimp should sell for.

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